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Has the Malpractice Crisis in Flordia Affected Access to Care for Maternity Patients?
Dranove, D., Gron A., Sfekas A.

Abstract: We examine the effects of the recent malpractice "crisis" in Florida on access to care for high risk obstetrics patients. We compare access to care before and after the onset of large premium increases. We also compare access to care in Florida with access in California, a state not considered to be in crisis. We find little evidence that patients in Florida have experienced any increase in travel times. Examining a plausible measure of quality – the market share of low volume providers of high risk deliveries – we find mixed evidence of a crisis effect.

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